Verizon Wireless introduces the AirCard 595U USB modem from Sierra Wireless

    BASKING RIDGE, NJ and VANCOUVER, BC, Aug. 16 /CNW/ - Verizon Wireless,
the leading wireless company with the nation's most reliable wireless voice
and data network, and Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ:   SWIR - TSX: SW) today announced
the availability of the Sierra Wireless AirCard(R) 595U USB modem for use with
Verizon Wireless' BroadbandAccess service. Customers may purchase the 595U
modem today online at and through Verizon Wireless'
business sales channels. The 595U modem will be in Verizon Wireless
Communications Stores including those in Circuit City on August 30.
    Designed to provide customers access to Verizon Wireless' Evolution-Data
Optimized Revision A (EV-DO Rev. A) network, the AirCard 595U modem is
compatible with USB ports on most notebook and desktop computers. The modem
can also be connected through the included docking cradle, which provides an
alternative for customers without PCMCIA card slots.
    Since Verizon Wireless' entire wireless broadband network operates on
advanced EV-DO Rev. A technology, BroadbandAccess customers using the AirCard
595U modem can expect average download speeds of 600 kilobits per second
(kbps) to 1.4 megabits per second and average upload speeds of 500-800 kbps.
With these speeds a customer can typically download a 1 Megabyte e-mail
attachment in about eight seconds and upload the same-sized file in less than
13 seconds. The AirCard 595U modem comes with VZAccess Manager software, which
is compatible with Windows(R) 2000, XP and Vista operating systems. The
AirCard 595U modem also features an internal, removable battery to ensure
there is always enough power support to handle peak or fringe area
transmission requirements.

    Pricing and Availability

    The AirCard 595U modem is available for $179.99 after a $50 mail-in
rebate and a new two-year customer agreement. Customers can get
BroadbandAccess service for unlimited Internet browsing, e-mail and intranet
access for $59.99 monthly access with a new one- or two-year customer
agreement. Business customers may contact a Verizon Wireless Business Sales
Representative directly at 1-800-VZW 4 BIZ.
    For more information on BroadbandAccess from Verizon Wireless and the
AirCard 595U modem, visit

    About Verizon Wireless

    Verizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable wireless voice and
data network, serving 62.1 million customers. The largest U.S. wireless
company and largest wireless data provider, based on revenues, Verizon
Wireless is headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 67,000 employees
nationwide. The company is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE:  
VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE:   VOD). Find more information on the Web at To preview and request broadcast-quality video
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the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at

    About Sierra Wireless

    Sierra Wireless modems and software connect people all over the world
with mobile broadband networks that keep them in touch, informed, and
productive from wherever they need to be. The Company offers a diverse product
portfolio addressing enterprise, consumer, original equipment manufacturer,
machine-to-machine, and specialized vertical industry markets, and provides
professional services to customers requiring expertise in wireless design,
integration, and carrier certification. With 2006 revenues of $221 million,
Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ:   SWIR - TSX: SW) is headquartered in Richmond, British
Columbia, Canada with additional offices in Carlsbad and Hayward, California;
London; and Hong Kong. For more information about Sierra Wireless, visit

    "AirCard" is a registered trademark of Sierra Wireless. Other product or
service names mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective

    Sierra Wireless Forward Looking Statements

    This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks
and uncertainties. These forward-looking statements relate to, among other
things, plans and timing for the introduction or enhancement of our services
and products, statements about future market conditions, supply conditions,
channel and end customer demand conditions, revenues, gross margins, operating
expenses, profits, and other expectations, intentions, and plans contained in
this press release that are not historical fact. Our expectations regarding
future revenues and earnings depend in part upon our ability to successfully
develop, manufacture, and supply products that we do not produce today and
that meet defined specifications. When used in this press release, the words
"plan", "expect", "believe", and similar expressions generally identify
forward-looking statements. These statements reflect our current expectations.
They are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, including, but not
limited to, changes in technology and changes in the wireless data
communications market. In light of the many risks and uncertainties
surrounding the wireless data communications market, you should understand
that we cannot assure you that the forward-looking statements contained in
this press release will be realized.

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For further information:

For further information: Media contacts: Brenda Boyd Raney, Verizon
Wireless, (908) 559-7518,; Sharlene Myers,
Sierra Wireless, (604) 232-1445,

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